The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. For over three generations, the Academy has connected millions of people to great poetry through programs such as National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world; Poets.org, the Academy’s popular website; American Poets, a biannual literary journal; and an annual series of poetry readings and special events. Since its founding, the Academy has awarded more money to poets than any other organization.
Often I walk the dog at night.
Once around the block, maybe twice,
And sometimes we head up to the reservoir.
If it's snowing, I put a little coat on the dog,
Booties if they've salted the street.
Everything you need is up there.
You can see for miles and you've got a lake,
Not large, the water black and still
As an older man,
Graying, not stooped,
I saw the future:
Foam at the lips.
I ran great distances.
I stood in sunlight
Just to see my shadow,
Show it off.
For the first time I remember
My soul looked back.
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